The Taste of the North End showcases dozens of North End restaurant owners.but it’s history began in 1993, founded by Donato and Nancy Frattaroli as a benefit for Casa Monte Cassino, a housing facility for Italian families seeking medical care. The idea was — and still is — to invite attendees to sample flavors of Italy and educate them on where to find these specialty foods in Boston’s North End, while at the same time assisting Italian families in need. It’s a tasty, philanthropic event, so to speak. Since its inception, the Taste of the North End has raised over $600,000 for Casa Monte Cassino and other local North End charities.Taste of the North End Offers Guests a Taste of Italy
One of Boston’s most popular festivals of food, charity, and the rich history of the neighborhood, The Taste of the North End will take place Friday, May 1. During the event, guests can sample from more than 35 popular North End eateries showcasing a wide array of delectable appetizers, cheeses, entrees and desserts, and sip on refreshing libations from area wine and beer distributors. There will also be a high-end silent auction with hotel and restaurant packages, Boston sporting tickets, memorabilia, and more. There will also be a live band performing; dancing is encouraged!
All proceeds from the event are split between multiple nonprofit organizations in the North End, including elderly, education and health programs to help better the entire community. Last year’s event raised over $100,000. This is the fifth year that North End Waterfront Health has partnered with the Frattaroli family to put on and host the event.
This year’s event co-chairs are event founder Donato Frattaroli, owner of Lucia Ristorante, and James Luisi, CEO of North End Waterfront Health. The Master of Ceremonies this year is NESN’s “The Dining Playbook” personality Jenny Johnson. The Honoree is Angela Menino.
This year’s participating restaurants include: Al Dente, Antico Forno, Aragosta, Artu, Bricco, Cantina Italiana, Carmelina, Ducali, Filippo, Fiore, Gennaro’s 5 North Square, Il Panino, J. Pace, La Summa, Lucca, Lucia Ristorante, Mamma Maria, Massimino, Mercato del Mare, Mike’s Pastry, Modern Pastry, Neptune Oyster, Pagliuca, Paul W. Marks, Piantedosi Baking, Quattro, Taranta, Terra Mia, Tresca, and Ward 8.
Taste of the North End will take place on Friday, May 1, 7-11 p.m. at DCR Steriti Memorial Ice Rink, located at 561 Commercial St. in Boston. Tickets are $79 and can be purchased in advance at totne.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 617-643-8105.
NOTE: Tickets are $99 after April 26.
For more information, visit www.tasteofthenorthend.org.